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Memorial Day 2010

5 Jun 2010

We went to the Memorial Day Parade in downtown Milwaukee to honor the veterans, and support the Dryhootch Veterans Group.  We had a great day talking to the veterans and selling coffee to support the Dryhootch program, which helps welcome home our veterans.  The photographer got a picture of my husband watching me watch the parade.  My Hubbin is so good to me!!

Husband watching Wife watching Parade

May He bless your friends …

12 May 2010

May He bless your friends with the peace you bring to me.

If life is but a dream…

12 May 2010

If life is but a dream, then may I never wake up as long as you are in it.

Prayer: May it always be so

12 May 2010

Wife to Hubbin: I love you.
Hubbin to Wife: May it always be so.

You gotta see the work of Tammy Rae Johnson!

7 Apr 2010

Capped Lampwork Beads by tammyrae.comIf you love lampwork glass, you gotta see the work of my friend, Tammy Johnson at her website www.tammyrae.com.

She makes amazing lampwork glass.  I love her new capped beads – large hole lampwork beads with sterling silver or copper caps on each side of the hole.  Put one on a chain for a dramatic necklace.  Hold the glory of art in your fingers.

My Favorite Color Sites – Part Three – Identifying Your Favorite Colors

7 Apr 2010
Well, now that you have an introduction to the physical characteristics of color and a short list of my favorite color masters, it’s about time that you have some tools to play with color for yourself.  As I searched the web, I found tools to help you identify the colors you like, put them together in harmonious ways, and just play around with them. I am going to talk about two tools that I use all the time.

Color Pix – a tool that lets you identify the colors that you see on your computer.

Color Pix in Action - I love BLUE #0000ff!Color Pix in Action – I love BLUE #0000ff!

Color Pix: The color picker tool that I keep coming back to, (and I try a lot of them) is Color Pix.  It is a little eyedropper that you can hover over anything on your screen, and find out what color it is!

  • It tells you the color values that different color formats use to describe it.
  • It tells me where I am on the screen: 136x 272 means 136 pixels over from the left and 272 pixels down from the top.
  • It has a built-in magnifier, so that you can zoom in on the exact pixel you want.  The zoom goes from 1-2800%, so you can get just the one you want.
  • You can click on the value of the color and it copies the numbers right to your clipboard so you can use them in a different application.
  • You can even make it stay on top of the other applications, and out of your way.
  • Best of all, it is FREE!  There are no ads or spyware or toolbars – just a nice tool provided by Color Schemer.  They have other nice tools available on their site – like a nice color scheme maker, and I return there often to use their other tools.

Color Values

ColorPix gives you four sets of color numbers:

  • RGB: it tells you the amount of red, green and blue in the format  as three numbers.  They range from 0-255 for each number.
  • Hex: This is a hexidecimal code that was developed to identify colors.  It tells you the amount of red, green and blue as six digits, from 0-9 and A-F.
  • HSB: This code tells you the hue, saturation and brightness for each color.  It is coded according to its hue (0-360),  the percent of saturation (color vs black), and its percent of brightness.
  • CYMK: These four numbers are especially important to commercial printers.  The ink is put on the paper in precise combinations of Cyan (aqua blue), Yellow, Magenta, and Black.

Why are the color values important? Let me give you a simple example.  The screenshot above is taken from the Beadtrotters website.  When we first decided that our logo was going to be four crystal beads in each of our favorite colors, we knew immediately how to identify them to each other.  We gave each other the names of our favorite Swarovski crystals, and instantly each of us knew what color that was.  Swarovski crystals are only made by one company and the colors are remarkably consistent.  But, we didn’t know exactly what color that was when printed on a piece of paper or a displayed on a website.

So I sent them to the Visibone Color Lab. There is a color wheel with the 216 primary colors that are used on websites, all nicely arranged and labeled.  I said click on the colors, see which one  is closest to your favorite color and send me the big six-digit code that pops up.  Then, it will be consistent in all of our printed materials and our website.

So here is a list of the Beadtrotter’s official colors, as expressed in Swarovski Crystal and Hex Codes.

Beadtrotters Logo: Sue, Judy, Cindy, PauletteBeadtrotters Logo: Sue, Judy, Cindy, Paulette

  • Sue Stachelski loves FUSCHIA – hex #cc0066
  • Judy Menting (me) loves COBALT – hex #0000ff
  • Cindy Collins loves FIRE OPAL – hex#ff6600
  • Paulette Biedenbender loves BLUE ZIRCON – hex #33ccff

Next time – I will talk more about the different color values.

My Favorite Color Sites – Part Two

7 Apr 2010

In searching the web, I have found some beautiful and useful sites that helped me understand how color works and how to tell my computer to give me that exact color. In my previous post, I listed some sites that help you learn about the physical characteristics of color.

Next, I want to introduce you to some artists who can teach you about how to use color in your beadwork.

Artists Teaching  About the Use of Color

Margie Deeb is a skilled graphic artist who is also a very skilled beader, whose primary love is working in seedbeads. Her website is full of articles about using color in your beadwork.  She has written two wonderful books, has a monthly article, and has absolutely beautiful beadwork for sale on her site.  I highly recommend getting on her mailing list.  My favorite links are her site are:

Connie Fox is a beader who loves to use wire.  She is famous for her wire bangles that incorporate twisted wire and beads to create wonderful jewelry.  She has a great visual tour of her own jewelry studio, lots of free videos to help you make better jewelry, and some very cool color tools for you. My favorite links on her site are:

Joen Wolfram is a quilter, but her book, Color Play, is totally relevant to beading and web design.  She explains the color wheel,  how it works, and shows you examples of color combinations using quilt designs.  The beauty of it is that she shows you how to combine colors by using photos from nature transformed into beautiful quilts, along with guidelines to actually achieve the effects you are looking for in your creations.

Be sure to get the excellent color tool that she has developed.  It is like the color swatches you get at a paint store, but on the back of each swatch are tips for combining those colors in the most effective way.  If you are having trouble finding it the color tool, go to Connie Fox’s site.

These are three of my favorite color artists.  In my next post – I will give you some of my favorite online color tools for creating color schemes.

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